Circuit guide: Yeongam
A top Formula One team predicts the key components of set-up for the inaugural Korean Grand Prix on the Hermann Tilke-designed Yeongam track.
The new circuit, which boasts a waterside location, comprises a temporary street circuit section and 3.045km permanent track.
The main feature is a huge 1.2km straight while it is in the minority on the F1 calendar in that it runs anti-clockwise.
“Maximum speeds of 320/kph are expected to be reached on a track that feature's Asia's longest straight.
“It looks like a tricky circuit. The third sector looks quite a challenge because it's low-speed with most corners probably taken in second or third gear.
“Turns seven and eight will be quick corners and there are three long straights where it's important to use the F-duct.
“Overall I think it will be quite a good circuit for our car. There should also be some opportunities for overtaking.
“There's a bit of everything: long corners, high-speed and low-speed sections, and the final sector seems quite challenging.
“A lot will depend on the level of grip that the asphalt has. If the grip is high, then some of the corners will be easy flat; if it's low, they will be a big challenge.
“We have seen already this year, at races like Hockenheim and Canada, that the grip varies a lot with new tarmac. And that makes it very difficult to predict what will happen this weekend in Korea, and how competitive we can be relative to our rivals.”
Renault chief race engineer Alan Permane: “The downforce needed will be on the high side and we plan to run with the same wing package we used in Suzuka.
“There are a couple of high-speed corners, such as turns seven and eight, which remind me of turns five and six at Sepang. They involve a quick change of direction and we expect turn seven will be flat, while turn eight will be almost flat.
“It will also be important to maximise the F-duct for the long straights because there are a couple of good overtaking opportunities into turns one and three.
“For (the final sequence of slow corners) you need a nimble car with a good turn-in and good traction. It’s important the car works well in these sorts of corner because it’s where the most significant lap-time gains can be found.”